TIEP’s Intensive ESL Programs

Foundations of English: Overview

TIEP’s Foundations of English program is designed for ESL students with beginning English proficiency to low-intermediate English proficiency as determined by the TIEP Placement Exam. The program provides 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

The 4-week and 3-week sessions offered during the summer are separate from other Foundations of English courses.  

Actual program offerings are dependent upon enrollment; availability may vary.

Depending on enrollment, students who register for the 4-week and 8-week sessions that begin in January may be placed in classes with students who register for the 16-week session.  Students who register for the 7-week session that begins in August may be placed in classes with students who register for the 15-week session.

Students who register for the 8-week sessions that begin in March and October may be placed in ongoing classes at the appropriate level.

The Registration Fee includes tuition, books, and additional services.


Level 101

An introductory course for students with very limited English proficiency. Emphasis on speaking and listening skills, grammar, and development of vocabulary for everyday life. Introduction to elementary reading and writing.

Level 110

An elementary course for students with limited English proficiency. Emphasis on the development of speaking and listening skills, grammar, writing, reading, and vocabulary for everyday life.

Level 120

A transitional elementary level to intermediate level course which reviews and refines the foundations of basic English. Emphasis is on application and practice in all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Actual course availability may vary from semester to semester depending on enrollment.

Click Sessions Below To View Weeks, Dates, and the Registration Fee Which Includes Tuition & Books.

Summer 2017 Classes

START: May 30, 2017

Session 1:  May 30- Aug 3
Weeks: 10 | Register:  May 25

Session 2:  June 26 – July 21
Weeks: 4 | Register:  June 21

Session 3:  July 24 – Aug 11
Weeks: 3 | Register:  July 19

Fall 2017 Classes

START: September 5, 2017

Session 1:  Sep 5 – Dec 14
Weeks: 15 | Register:  Aug 30-31

Session 2:  Sep 5 – Oct 20
Weeks: 7 | Register:  Aug 30-31

Session 3:  Oct 23 – Dec 14
Weeks: 8 | Register:  Oct 18

Spring 2018 Classes

START: January 16, 2018

Session 1:  Jan 16 – May 10
Weeks: 16 | Register:  Jan 10-11

Session 2:  Jan 16 – March 9
Weeks: 8 | Register:  Jan 10-11

Session 3:  Jan 16 – Feb 9
Weeks: 4 | Register:  Jan 10-11

Session 4:  March 21 – May 10
Weeks: 8 | Register:  March 19

Key Course Features


Basic English skills


Everyday and general topics through simplified audio and video materials


Conversations, discussions, dialogues, short presentations, pronunciation


Everyday and general topics, vocabulary, idioms, and reading skills, through simplified materials


Basic compositions, journals, with a focus on paragraph form and organization


Systematic presentation of basic grammar


Varied activities such as creating class newspapers, booklets, and videotaped presentations

Field Trips

Two to three educational/cultural field trips


Two to four hours per day